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As a result of new federal regulations requiring 40% of federal candidates to be women, the National Action Party now has two female candidates running for Congress in Tijuana. Alfa Peñaloza will be running in District 6 and
Ruth Hernández in District 8. Alejandro Monraz, who had won election to be District 6's PAN candidate, dropped out of the race earlier this month to allow a woman to run in his place. District 8 had always been reserved for a female candidate. Javier Castañeda is running in District 4 and
Juan Manuel Gastélum in District 5. The campaign for the July 1 election officially starts Friday, and Peñaloza, Hernández and Gastélum plan to attend a 10 p.m. mass tonight at Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church in Río Zone beforehand. Castañeda plans to attend a mass in the Mariano Matamoros area of the city.
Meeting the federal requirement has meant the PAN has had to drop 44 male candidates for Chamber of Deputies and Senate races and replace them with women. The Institutional Revolutionary Party-Green Party coalition dropped 54 male candidates and the Democratic Revolution Party's coalition dropped 28.
Tijuana papers' political pages said the PRI dropped Carlos Barboza as its District 4 candidate and Catalino Zavala as the District 8 candidate to meet gender requirements. Political page, El Mexicano. The new District 4 candidate is Elia Cabañas and the District 8 candidate Mayra Robles, the sister of Rosarito Mayor Javier Robles. Cosme Collignon's column (PDF).
In Ensenada, Aracely Celedón became the PAN candidate for District 3, replacing Félix Ojeda. El Mexicano reported that she was a Tijuana resident. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Tijuana PAN story, Frontera (PDF). National stories, Frontera (PDF). She was later replaced by Lizbeth Mata, who took a temporary leave from the state legislature to run for Congress.
Update, July 5: Mata, who lost the contest, returns to her state legislature post.
PAN candidates' plans for Thursday mass, Frontera (PDF).
Previous mention of Monraz dropping out of District 6 race to allow woman to run.
Update, April 2: Frontera analysis (PDF) of what the switch to female candidates will mean for the parties.